The French Prairie Bridge Task Force is meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 6-8 pm, at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop E. This meeting is open to the public.
The meeting provides a public forum for the Task Force to consider public testimony, impact studies, cost estimates and other criteria in order to determine which bridge type to recommend to the Wilsonville City Council and the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners for consideration this spring.
Two bridge types are under consideration – a suspension bridge and a cable-stayed bridge. Both signature bridge types were previously identified by the Task Force for their aesthetic qualities and lower environmental impacts compared to three other bridge types studied. The proposed French Prairie Bridge over the Willamette River would serve pedestrians, cyclists, and emergency responders when I-5 is congested. The project fills a critical gap in local and regional multi-modal transportation infrastructure, connecting the Portland Metro Area’s Ice Age Tonquin Trail with the northern portion of the Willamette Valley, known as the French Prairie region, and the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway that goes to Eugene.